Couponing? Is it worth the time and effort? And other saving options . . .

Allison - posted on 10/23/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My state (Louisiana) does not have any stores that double or triple coupons so the things that work for Extreme Couponers on tv do not apply to me. I have a large family of five consisting of myself, my husband and 3 teenagers (not to mention their assorted pets). Any ideas on how to do some SERIOUS saving in all areas are welcome!!!!

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Patricia - posted on 11/28/2012

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I live in Alabama and they have cracked down on the amount of coupons you can use here too. What you see on tv does not work for everyone and besides that I do not want a bunch of crap in my house that I will not use even if it is FREE.



I find I do wait for things to go on sale and if I can find a coupon great and use my Krogers savings card on top of that. I do save quite a bit of money going to ALDI's too. I plan out all my meals.



Using frozen veggies, rice and pasta in bulk, little less meat. Using a filter on the tap instead of bottled water. Only drinking water and none of the other crap. Besides water is all we need right?



Lots of ways to save. I just don't buy all the extras. I go into the store only carrying cash so that way I can control what I am spending.



I am signed up on all kinds of coupon sites, but I rarely find coupons that I use on a regular basis. Once inawhile I will find a freebie or two and that makes me feel good.



Prices of food have skyrocketed everywhere.



I suggest stop watching that show-hahaha. It is not reality. I do know a few people that have stockpiles, but it is things that they basically will have to give away after awhile because of experation dates-etc.



cash-budget-find cheaper healthier meals to buy-find the sales

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Kris - posted on 12/08/2012

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Girl, you need to look up the article about the woman who coupon'ed her way through $100 of groceries, for only a buck! Maybe you could get ahold of her and ask her how she did it.



Walmart does price matching. If you bring in a coupon from another store, they'll match that price. Usually those coupons are only like, $1-1.50 less, but if you get 20 of them, that's enough to get a nice steak for hubby! lol

Patricia - posted on 11/28/2012

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Oh and I forgot to add that I do keep one stash of bottled water especially during tornado and bad weather seasons.

Carol - posted on 11/28/2012

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Wal-Mart does price matching. We usually save between 25-40% off our bill. We cut out the sales from other store fliers and tape them to the items as we shop so we can show the cashier at the end. It takes about 30 minutes total. Well worth it, especially when you throw in coupons. We also have a Trac-fone instead of a smart phone or other brands that cost $70-200 a month. We spend maybe $10 a month.

Rachel - posted on 11/16/2012

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I don't know of a store that doubles coupons here in California either, so We go to the 99 cents store for things like soups, canned and fresh vegetables, laundry soap, bleach, cleaning supplies; Sometimes they stock cooking cremes and large salad dressings and large soups. Big lots for toilet paper (2$ cheaper than at Staters) and light bulbs, Staters for meat. Luckily we don't have to travel far between these stores. Coupons help a little, but rarely are there coupons for things we already buy; using them for things we don't buy is just as a waste.

Melinda - posted on 11/10/2012

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I go to the dollar stores to purchase all of our cleaning products, paper plates, soaps, and some have food. They have greeting cards (2 for a dollar), all of our wrapping paper and some Holliday decor as well. Check your circulars for sales, some stores have the buy one get one free.



Purchase all your meats you will need in one trip. Buy store brands, and look at the unit price on the tag.



I agree with Maddie, If your children want the junkfood then they will have to purchase it. My son is only 3, no sugar, soda, cookies, candy etc. are allowed in my house.



Go to www.bettycrocker.com they have meal planning menu you can print for a week. There are coupons on the website as well.

Maddie - posted on 11/06/2012

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Hi Allison



There is an awesome smartphone app that helps save you time and money at plenty of grocery stores. It is called Saverr. If you go to www.saverrapp.com you can learn more about it and download it. It gives custom coupons and circulars when you take a picture fo your receipt.



It has helped me a lot!

Roxanna - posted on 10/27/2012

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Do you check the circulairs in your area for deals? Have you prepared a weekly menu and planned accordingly? We have been cutting cornes at home left and right and sometimes coupons don't work for us because I rarely but namebrand foods. I ususally go for the store brand on most items and stock up on staples or dry goods that are on sale. I buy any where from ten to twelve pounds of grund turkey and make Shephards pie, baked ziti, spaghetti, ground meat with potato chunks, turkey chili beans, or meat and cheese burritos. We eat alot of frozen veggies and if I have any leftover, I mix it with the tomato sauce for pasta. We rarely eat red meat, only if its on sale and I will make a huge pot of stew.

Teenagers, I know, eat alot; Cut out the junk food, and if they want any, they will have to buy it! Our kids get ONE junkfood item per major shopping trip (twice a month). We each have different dietary needs, but we try to make our dollars stretch as much as possible. I bake alot, to cater to the sweet tooths in the family, but sneak in apple sauce or pumkin insead of vegetable oil. For the beans, I puree the beans and then add veggies, the same for the tomato sauces.

I hope this helps somewhat! I look forward to the cooler temperatures because I make more stews and end up freezing them in one person serving containers. That way, when I don't feel like cooking, there is always plenty to eat!

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